The 10 Dumbest Ways You Injured Yourselves In The Military

Military service obviously comes with considerable bodily risk — there’s all that service abroad, at sea, or in a no-shit … Continued

The 10 Dumbest Ways You Injured Yourselves In The Military

Military service obviously comes with considerable bodily risk — there’s all that service abroad, at sea, or in a no-shit warzone… plus hazardous training.

But sometimes you end up getting hurt because you just liked the idea of a drunken night run in a gas mask to the base bar before it closed. Or you decided that stand-up jousting on a rolly chair in the barracks was a great new sport.

Not, uh, that we at Task & Purpose have any experience there.

But, knowing that not every war wound is, you know, a war wound, we turned to you, our loyal readers, to tell us about the dumb things you did to end up at sick call, where an exhausted medic or corpsman was on hand to toss out Motrin and sage advice like “Change your socks, and don’t do that again, idiot.”

Here are ten dumb ways to hurt yourself while in the military. (Or anywhere, really; some of these are just: Wow.)

“I’ll give you $40 if you…”

The 10 Dumbest Ways You Injured Yourselves In The Military

That wouldn’t have happened if you’d worn your safety belt.

The 10 Dumbest Ways You Injured Yourselves In The Military

Lieutenant: “Follow me, guys!”

The 10 Dumbest Ways You Injured Yourselves In The Military

“That guy came outta nowhere.”

The 10 Dumbest Ways You Injured Yourselves In The Military

Two words: buffer rodeo.

The 10 Dumbest Ways You Injured Yourselves In The Military

“Sure, I’ll just whip my junk out. What could go wrong?”

The 10 Dumbest Ways You Injured Yourselves In The Military

Breaking two bones in your arm…during a sprint.

The 10 Dumbest Ways You Injured Yourselves In The Military

If at first you don’t succeed, stop?

The 10 Dumbest Ways You Injured Yourselves In The Military

Mattress surfing.

The 10 Dumbest Ways You Injured Yourselves In The Military

Hey, it worked in Smokey and the Bandit.

The 10 Dumbest Ways You Injured Yourselves In The Military

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James Clarkis the Deputy Editor of Task & Purpose and a Marine veteran. He oversees daily editorial operations, edits articles, and supports reporters so they can continue to write the impactful stories that matter to our audience. In terms of writing, James provides a mix of pop culture commentary and in-depth analysis of issues facing the military and veterans community. Contact the author here.

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